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Kelly Soo Park is on trial for the murder of 21-year-old murder of Juliana Redding in March 2008.
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Kelly Soo Park is on trial for the murder of 21-year-old murder of Juliana Redding in March 2008.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Police Department

Opening Statements Heard In Kelly Soo Park Trial For 2008 Model Murder Case

Posted May. 16, 2013, 8:26 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

Opening statements were heard Wednesday in a downtown LA court room in the trial of 47-year-old Kelly Soo Park who is accused in a murder-for-hire plot against aspiring model Juliana Redding in Santa Monica.

Park pleaded not guilty at her arraignment July 6, 2010 for killing the 21-year-old who had moved to LA from Arizona.

Redding’s body was discovered in her Santa Monica apartment on the 1500 block of Centinela in March 2008.

Park allegedly entered Redding’s apartment and physically assaulted her, causing her death. Park was arrested at her home in Camarillo on June 17, 2010.

Prosecutors allege that Redding previously dated Park’s boss, Dr. Munir Uwaydah, and he was close to launching a pharmaceutical business with Redding’s father, but the father backed out of the deal.

According to court documents, Park allegedly acted as a type of enforcer, using threats, intimidation and bullying on behalf of Dr. Uwaydah. Park was said to have received hundreds of thousands of dollars from Uwaydah before her arrest.

Prosecutor Stacy Okun-Weise (Deputy District Attorney) told the jury on Wednesday, “A woman she did not know, a woman who beat and strangled her until she had her last breath of air.”

Okun-Weise said it took two years to find a suspect, adding investigators first tested the DNA of 40 women Redding knew, but there was no match.

Okun-Weise said detectives then turned to Uwaydah’s associates.

"Through cigarettes, through swabs, and she submits those to the crime lab,” Okun-Weise said. “And guess what, all of those samples are eliminated except for one person - the defendant.”

Park’s attorney said his client had no motive.

“They have no evidence, and you’ll see that there’s no evidence, that shows that Kelly Park would have any reason to commit a brutal crime like this,” said Defense attorney George Buehler. “Forensic evidence, the DNA evidence, fingerprints, are not conclusive. DNA evidence doesn’t tell you when it got there or how it got there.”

Dr. Uwaydah has since moved to Lebanon and was never charged in the case.

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May. 18, 2013, 1:33:03 pm

JOE zENNA said...

wHY WOULD THE DOCTOR FLEE AND DESERT HIS PRACTICE IF HE WERE NOT INVOLVED???

May. 18, 2013, 3:41:08 pm

Michelle Poplawsky said...

I do believe this was a set-up. The doctor whom fled the country knows what the truth is and he fled the country, leaving Kelly to take the blame. Monies sent to Kelly could have been for many mulltifple reasons. I've been a friend of Kellys for the past 7 years. The woman you speak about is nothing more than a talented, woman with a kind heart always wanting to help people in need. Kelly loves her family and extended family. kelly is a gracious lovely woman that has alwys wanted the best for everyone she meets. My prayer is that the things she is accused of will be found untrue. I pray for her vindication and restoration of her reputation. How can a trial take place without the Docote whom obviously has done wrong and left Kelly to be raked over the coals when he himself is probably the one to blame. How can a trila even begin wihtout his pressance? i don't undertand. I have NEVER seen Kelly raise her voice, threaten anyone or cause anyone any harm verbally much less physically. I am shocked she been accused of murder. This is not the Kelly Soo Park I know and will NEVER believe she did such an act. Complete Set Up done by a very cleaver Boss. whom has fled the country which to me is an addmission of guilt..

May. 18, 2013, 3:41:09 pm

Michelle Poplawsky said...

I do believe this was a set-up. The doctor whom fled the country knows what the truth is and he fled the country, leaving Kelly to take the blame. Monies sent to Kelly could have been for many mulltifple reasons. I've been a friend of Kellys for the past 7 years. The woman you speak about is nothing more than a talented, woman with a kind heart always wanting to help people in need. Kelly loves her family and extended family. kelly is a gracious lovely woman that has alwys wanted the best for everyone she meets. My prayer is that the things she is accused of will be found untrue. I pray for her vindication and restoration of her reputation. How can a trial take place without the Docote whom obviously has done wrong and left Kelly to be raked over the coals when he himself is probably the one to blame. How can a trila even begin wihtout his pressance? i don't undertand. I have NEVER seen Kelly raise her voice, threaten anyone or cause anyone any harm verbally much less physically. I am shocked she been accused of murder. This is not the Kelly Soo Park I know and will NEVER believe she did such an act. Complete Set Up done by a very cleaver Boss. whom has fled the country which to me is an addmission of guilt..

May. 28, 2013, 1:27:59 pm

burnham said...

Kelly Park is a terrific person, I have known her for many many years, and has always been a kind person. my question is why are they not investigating the models x-boyfriend, or the last girlfriend he had, there is much more information that is being left unsaid or not being disclosed.. Kelly would never hurt anyone. I really question the legal system, they have not looked at the models x-boyfriend close enough. What is his history, I believe his girlfriend has more information then has been disclosed. Kelly Park would never commit such a crime or any crime for that matter. She has never had a history of violence either, I know she is innocent.

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